Top 2022-23 NFL Rookie of the Year candidates: Don&039t believe the Drake London hype

    2022-23 nfl rookie of the year candidates are everywhere at this stage of the year. Until we get to see them on the field with their new NFL systems, it’s a dice game. still, we’re highlighting some of the most likely contestants with the information we have so far.

    Let’s dive into some of the top contenders to win the 2022-23 NFL Rookie of the Year award.

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    • chris olave, wr, new orleans saints
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    2022-23 nfl rookie of the year candidates

    10. london drake, wr, atlanta falcons

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    Drake London may currently have the second-best odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year for the Atlanta Falcons at +800, but I wouldn’t take that bet. He certainly has a shot, he’s a receiver, and he’s likely to become one of Marcus Mariota‘s top-three options, but he’s not overtaking Kyle Pitts. London will have to prove me wrong before moving up the list.

    9. breece hall, rb, new york jets

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    Yeah, Breece Hall, though he’s set to split duties with Michael Carter II, has the potential to overtake him even as a rookie. The New York Jets will give Hall chances to tote the rock 15 times per game while getting a few more touches out of the backfield catching the ball. He’s a home-run threat and a strong OROY candidate.

    8. treylon burks, wr, tennessee titans

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    Several wide receivers could vie for this spot here. The popular pick may be Drake London since he’s the No. 8 overall pick and the top wideout taken in the draft, but who’s throwing him the ball? Plus, Kyle Pitts figures to take a good portion of his target share. That won’t be the case in Tennessee with Treylon Burks having a fighting chance to step in as the immediate top receiver for Ryan Tannehill despite a run-heavy approach.

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    7. gardner sauce, cb, new york jets

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    We can’t keep Ahmad Gardner off the list entirely. He has too much length, too much athleticism, and way too much sauce. He’s a willing tackler, which could lead to some fumbles and other spicy highlights. Not even afraid to say it, I’m excited to see Gardner hit the field with the New York Jets, playing a key role in Robert Saleh’s defense now that they’ve added some pieces through the draft.

    6. derek stingley jr., cb, houston texans

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    An argument could be made to place Ahmad Gardner ahead of Derek Stingley Jr., and that’s fair too. We’re going with the LSU star based on ball skills. Everyone loves interceptions, and he figures to get plenty of opportunities as quarterbacks test the new rookie on the block, taking over as the new CB1 on the Houston Texans.

    5. kenny pickett, qb, pittsburgh steelers

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    A fifth-year senior, Kenny Pickett is among the most draft-ready quarterbacks in this class. With the Pittsburgh Steelers making him the No. 20 pick, chances are he sees early playing time. He may not burst onto the scene, none of the quarterbacks last year did, and they were rated much higher, but at the end of the day, he’s a QB, and they always are ROTY contenders with some decent play. It’s all about whether he can beat out Mitch Trubisky, to which coach Mike Tomlin said Pickett will get every chance to compete.

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    4. travon walker, de, jacksonville jaguars

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    After being the top overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, Travon Walker will be put in a position to crush quarterbacks from the get-go. Having Josh Allen help take attention away should help Walker get off to a better start than most. Walker’s athleticism could lead to some gaudy all-around numbers as a rook, but first he needs to prove he can hang.

    3. kayvon thibodeaux, rim, new york giants

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    Don’t believe the naysayers about Kayvon Thibodeaux. The New York Giants were thrilled to make him their top choice at No. 5 and will put him on the field right away. A year ago he was spoken of as the top overall pick, now is his chance to show why he should’ve been the top choice. As a pass-rusher who can collect sacks, there’s no reason why he can’t be a top contestant for DROY.

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    2. garrett wilson, wr, new york jets

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    Receivers that land in the best spots always have a great chance to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Garrett Wilson may be among the luckiest first-round receivers based on where he landed. As we’ve seen from the early breakouts from Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase, it no longer takes elite receivers a year to adjust to the NFL game, they’re ready from the jump. Wilson, with his electric speed, can have several long touchdowns that help him rack up yardage, plus pairing with Zach Wilson should allow for an immediate impact.

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    1. aidan hutchinson, delaware, detroit lions

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    There’s a reason why Aidan Hutchinson was regarded as the potential top overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Pro-ready, effective against the run, yet able to get after quarterbacks. Now that he’s landed with his hometown Detroit Lions, there’s no reason why Hutchinson can’t make an instant impact, giving him as strong a chance as any to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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    reviewing the 2021 nfl rookie of the year

    The quarterbacks in the 2021 nfl draft class did not live up to their lofty expectations, but there were still several standout performances. Ja’Marr Chase picked up where he left off with Joe Burrow, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year, helping the Cincinnati Bengals reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 33 years.

    • ja’marr rookie year chase stats: 81 receptions, 1,455 receiving yards, 13 touchdown receptions

    On defense, Micah Parsons became an instant star early on. Playing in his first game of the year, Parsons burst onto the scene with seven tackles, a QB hit and a pass deflection, never looking back.

    • micah parsons rookie year stats: 84 tackles, 13 sacks, 3 ff, 20 sfl, 3 dp, 30 qb hits

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